When the final seconds of Hilton Head Island High's 3-1 loss to Fort Mill in the Class 3-A soccer state championship game ticked away, so too did the spring high school sports season in the Lowcountry.
Which means it's naturally time to talk football.
We still have more than two months before Bluffton officially moves to Class 4-A and B.J. Payne gets his inaugural season underway with the Seahawks. But plenty will still be happening between now and then, namely with the Bobcats.
Ken Cribb's team will hold its first 7-on-7 on the last day of school (June 7) before hosting its NFL High School Player Development camp from June 11-13. The Bobcats will head to Columbia on June 16 to defend their 7-on-7 title from a season ago on the Gamecocks' turf before traveling to Charlotte on June 19 for another 7-on-7, where six teams from both North and South Carolina will participate. The winning team will then take part in the Under Armour's national championships.
Bluffton will spend most of July traveling around to various 7-on-7s before teams drills get underway July 27.
Here's their 2012 schedule...
Aug. 17 Whale Branch
Aug. 24 Ridgeland
Aug. 31 South Effingham
Sept. 7 @ Wade Hampton
Sept. 14 @ James Island
Sept. 21 Hilton Head High
Oct. 5 Beaufort High
Oct. 12 @ Ashley Ridge
Oct. 19 Fort Dorchester
Oct. 25 Colleton County
Nov. 2 @ Summerville
Bluffton's schedule has some local flavor in its non-region schedule, which gets underway against the Warriors and Jaguars. The Bobcats and their high-powered offense, led by quarterback C.J. Frazier, will get help with three straight home games to start the season before traveling to Wade Hampton and James Island.
Cribb and Co. catch a break in the middle of the season, as they get a bye week to prepare for their first 4-A home contest with Beaufort. Closing out the season at Summerville will be no easy task, though.
And now for Hilton Head High...
Aug. 24 Whale Branch
Aug. 31 Ridgeland
Sept. 7 @ Battery Creek
Sept. 14 @ Wade Hampton
Sept. 21 @ Bluffton
Sept. 28 Stall
Oct. 5 @ James Island
Oct. 12 Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Oct. 19 Hanahan
Oct. 26 @ Berkeley
It's interesting to note that the Seahawks will get plenty of scouting reports on their first two opponents, as Whale Branch and Ridgeland both take on rival Bluffton a week before their games with Hilton Head High.
The Seahawks' schedule is favorable, but three straight road contests in September will certainly prove tough. Having a potential Pac-12 quarterback in Michael Julian at the helm should help, though.
How many wins do you see for each team this year? Is another deep playoff run in the works for Bluffton? Will Hilton Head High improve on its 4-7 record in 2011 under Payne? Let's hear it.